REP. REED LEADS CONGRESSIONAL EFFORT TO AWARD MARINE CORPS MAJOR BRIAN CHONTOSH WITH THE MEDAL OF HONOR FOR ACTS OF INCREDIBLE BRAVERY
Today, Rep. Reed, local elected officials, and family members held an event in Churchville, New York to highlight Marine Corps. Major Brian Chontosh’s (retired) remarkable heroism during the invasion of Iraq.
At the event, Reed announced federal legislation to formally nominate Major Chontosh for the Medal of Honor. Serving as a United States Marine Corps officer in 2003 at the onset of Operation Iraqi Freedom, then Ft. Lieutenant Chontosh displayed incredible courage and bravery in service to our country.
You can read one description of Major Chontosh’s heroic actions on March 25, 2003, in the face of intense and brutal enemy fire here.
“In light of Brian’s actions on that fateful day, we feel it is only fair to the many lives he saved, the families he kept whole, and the bravery he displayed, that the federal government award him our nation’s highest recognition -- the Medal of Honor,” said Rep. Reed.
“We care deeply about the men and women who serve in our armed forces because their sacrifices are what allow us to enjoy the many freedoms this country has to offer. This is about ensuring all generations -- current and future -- properly recognize and honor those sacrifices,” continued Rep. Reed.
The bill text can be found here.
Event attendees included Rick and Robin Chontosh (Brian's parents), Monroe County Legislator Steve Brew, Riga Town Supervisor Brad O’Brocta, Churchville Mayor John Hartman, RIT Dean Manian Ramkumar, and others.
Photos of the event and a photo of Brian are copied below: